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Business Advisory Committee


The Charlotte City Council has tasked the Business Advisory Committee with:

  • Providing recommendations and advice to City Council on ways the City can help business in Charlotte, with a particular emphasis on small businesses.
  • Providing a forum for businesses to raise issues, discuss and have input into City policy responses to these issues.
  • Providing input and recommendations on the City’s Economic Development Focus Area Plan, with a particular emphasis on small business development; city contracting programs; revitalization of distressed business districts; business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts; public/private partnership projects; and business customer service.
  • Keeping City Council and the City’s Key Business Executives abreast of conditions in the business community and how these conditions might affect business-government relations and needs for public services.
Meetings are typically held on the third Friday of each month at 8:00 am. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. To learn when the Committee is next scheduled to meet visit the city-wide meeting calendar.


Committee Members


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David Phillips
Read David Phillips' Bio
Business Advisory Committee Chair, 
Appointed by the Mayor

Mily Aguilar 
Milagritos Aguilar
Read Milagritos Aguilar's Bio
Represents the
Hispanic Contractors Association


Walter Baucom 
Walter Baucom
Read Walter Baucom's Bio
Represents the
Metrolina Native American Association

Nimish Bhatt
Nimish Bhatt
Read Nimish Bhatt's Bio
Represents the
Carolinas Asian-American Chamber


DeAlva Glenn 
DeAlva Glenn
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Appointed by City Council



Julio Colmenares
Read Julio Colmenares' Bio
Represents the
Latin American Chamber of Commerce

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Jonathan Utrup
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Represents the
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Represents the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Black Chamber

Noelle De Atley 

Read Noelle DeAtley's Bio
Represents the
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 

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​Ed Roper

Read Ed Roper's Bio
Represents the Metrolina Minority
Contractors Association

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Greg Wiley
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Appointed by City Council

Julie Ayers 
Julie Ayers
Read Julie Ayer's Bio
Represents the National Association
of Women Business Owners

Lee Cochran
Read Lee Cochran's Bio
Appointed by City Council

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Sean Gautam
Read Sean Gautam's Bio
​Appointed by City Council




Thomas Hsiao
Read Thomas Hsiao's Bio
Represents the
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce